First-time visitors to Italy usually end up staying at the top travel destinations of Rome, Venice, Florence and so on, which are crazy crowded most of the year. If you’ve been there and done that but still haven’t had your fill of Italy, it’s time to plan a trip to its less explored scenic little villages and towns, which offer an entirely different experience for discerning travelers.
To get you started, here are five offbeat places to visit on your next trip to Italy.
Located an hour’s hike away from the famousfishing village of Portofino, there’s a scenic bay lush with vegetation and home of the Abbey of San Fruttuoso. Just below it, in the beautiful blue waters, you will find the statue of the Christ of the Abyss.
If hiking is not your cup of tea, take a day trip to San Fruttuoso via boats plying from the coast. Spend your day soaking in the sun, walking across town and enjoying local cuisine.
Located close to Turin, this quaint little town doesn’t get a lot of tourists, which keeps its beauty intact. Take a trip to Saluzzo for a beautiful view of the Alps; spend some time at its historic city center and visit the local botanical garden for a refreshing break from the hubbub of Italian cities.
If you want to stay the night, check out the centuries-old monastery-turned-hotel for a unique experience.
Located on the Amalfi coastline, this enchanting hill-top town offers unparalleled views of the Mediterranean. Because of its location and the tough drive up the hill, very few tourists take the pains to visit this beautiful town famous for its charming terrace gardens, street-side cafes and restaurants, and its famous annual music concert.
To reach there, use pre-booked Italy Airport Transfers from the Napoli-Capodichino Airport, for a comfortable and private ride that takes up to ninety minutes.
Civita di Bagnoregio
Popularly known as the dying city, this historic village is perched on a hill in the province of Viterbo. With erosion threatening its existence, this medieval hamlet is a must-see if you want to experience a piece of vanishing history in all its beauty.
The village can be reached only by foot, but it’s mystic setting, old-world architecture, and a breathtaking view of the surrounding valleys are worth the uphill walk. Explore the town through the winding alleyways and eat at the local cafes before heading out to the nearby Lake Bolsena.
Located in the province of Campania, Procida is a beautiful little island in the bay of Naples. Its beautiful waterfront is a sight to relish, with houses colored in an array of vibrant hues.
If you’re willing to give the nearby tourist hubs of Ischia and Capri a miss, take a ferry to Procida for a relaxing lunch, take photos of its stunning architecture, and walk a short hike up to its highest spot Terra Murata for the historic ruins and breathtaking views.